Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Project 2022 – applications open!

After feedback from many organisations we have changed the process of applying to a two stage process. This is to make the initial stage simpler and faster. It is no longer necessary to include a detailed specification. You no longer have to apply via In-Tend. This guidance is the only documentation you need to read for the first stage.

The link below will take you to an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. You will then have to give a brief outline of your proposal. This includes:

  • a series of questions about your expected participants
  • the expected setting for your proposal
  • Arts Award provision
  • partnership working
  • evaluation

The form should take 10-20 minutes to complete. The deadline for applications is 2pm on 11 July 2022.

After this deadline the selection panel will assess all the responses and choose the top proposals. Those chosen at the first stage will then complete an application form. This will include:

  • a budget breakdown
  • details of the staff
  • resources
  • training required to complete the project
  • information about the organisation that would be receiving the grant

From these, we will select three applicants to receive the grants.

Complete the Expression of Interest form

To hear more or contact: hannah.laidley@reading.gov.uk

Get in touch with the project organisers

Expression of Interest Guidance

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children and younger people. We aim to address this while reducing inequalities between different groups. We are working with the Voluntary and Community Sector Board and Artswork to increase access to cultural activities.

Introduction

We would like to hear from any organisations that provide arts/cultural disciplines. They will then contribute to a programme of work increasing wellbeing. Participants will be children and young people up to age 25. They will come from the most disadvantaged areas of Reading or facing other disadvantages. We are inviting organisations to fill in a form expressing their interest in applying for the grant and outlining what they might offer. The details we receive will inform the goals set for the whole project. You do not have to usually deliver these projects to apply. We are looking for activity in-schools and out-of-schools that could be available for any period between July 2022 and June 2023.

Application process

The link above should take you to an Expression of Interest form. The form should take 10-20 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing this stage is 2pm on 11 July 2022.

Applicants chosen by the selection panel will be asked to complete an application form. From these, 3 applicants will be awarded grants.

What can you apply for?

3 grants are available:

  • Grant one £25,000
  • Grant two £16,000
  • Grant three £16,000

Successful applicants will have access to additional funds for Arts Award certificates, Artsmark registration, training and CPD, and support with evaluation. This means you will not have to pay to go on Arts Award training or for Arts Award certificates. You can also ask for additional training to be funded separately to your grant. We will provide support with data collection for evaluation.

Who can apply?

The grants are open to applicants from a wide range of groups

  • Community organisations
  • Charitable organisations
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Health and wellbeing organisations
  • Arts/Music/Drama/Cultural organisations
  • Individual artists/practitioners
  • Schools and educational settings
  • Youth groups and youth services
  • Children/Family groups
  • Not for profit social enterprises
  • Partnerships between organisations

What will be funded?

We have removed the need for organisations to deliver Arts Award. This is to allow a wider range of proposals and encourage applications. The project team can give administrative support to any organisation that needs help. This may include documentation, collecting evaluations, and connecting with schools and partner organisations. Artsmark registration is not required.

All activities must be accessible to children and young people with additional needs. They must be adapted according to participant feedback.

Grants will be awarded for proposals that aim to improve wellbeing. This might include:

  • ‘One off’ events or festivals
  • A programme of workshops or classes
  • Visits to places of culture such as museums or galleries
  • Outdoor events including a range of sports and cultural activities
  • Purchasing equipment/hiring venues/sourcing materials
  • Staff costs including freelance and salaried staff
  • Completing a project in conjunction with another organisation or funding body
  • Training and CPD (although additional funds are available to successful applicants for training)
  • New programmes, or funded places for existing programmes

What should proposals include?

Each proposal should include a description of the activity, how many participants it will reach, and how many (if any) Arts Awards it could deliver. You can specify if you would be applying for the £25,000 grant, the £16,000 grants or if you would accept either.
You should consider how the proposal will improve wellbeing for the intended participants. You will need to describe how you will assess their improved wellbeing. We will need successful applicants to work with our project team and evaluators to form a data collection plan.
Think about how long it would take you to plan and set up the activity. If it is already started what adaptations might you have to do to measure wellbeing. Could you deliver any aspect of your programme as a workshop in a classroom? Is it possible to make an activity pack for participants to complete at home or online? Would you be able to go into youth clubs or community hubs and engage with the young people and families that are there? These kinds of details of how your proposal could be flexible and fit in many settings will maximise your chances of acceptance.

Funding conditions

You will need to spend the funding by June 2023. You have until January 2023 to collect the evaluation of wellbeing outcomes. We will consider an extension of the project work in certain circumstances. For example, if you plan to continue work with the same group of participants to gain an Arts Award after the project ends. We will produce a customised specification with each grant winner. We will detail when you need to meet agreed targets. It is a condition of the funding that you meet with the project manager at least every 8 weeks between July and December 2022. You should also communicate any expected delays or changes to the activity to the project manager when you become aware of them.
We will release funds will in instalments. The first after the signing of the grant agreement before the project begins. The last after you have completed the project and submitted all evaluation.